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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635080/neuroadaptations-of-presynaptic-and-postsynaptic-gabab-receptor-function-in-the-paraventricular-nucleus-in-response-to-chronic-unpredictable-stress
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Yonggang Gao, Jing-Jing Zhou, Yun Zhu, Li Wang, Therese A Kosten, Xiangjian Zhang, De-Pei Li
BACKGROUND: Chronic stress induces an impaired GABAA (γ-aminobutyric acid type A) receptor-mediated inhibition in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN). It is not clear whether GABAB receptor function is altered in chronic stress. We hypothesize that chronic stress alters GABAB receptor function in PVN corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) neurons to control hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Whole cell patch-clamp recording was performed on PVN-CRH neurons expressing eGFP driven by CRH promoter in brain slices from unstressed rats and rats that had been subjected to chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS)...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634436/dual-coding-theory-explains-biphasic-collective-computation-in-neural-decision-making
#2
Bryan C Daniels, Jessica C Flack, David C Krakauer
A central question in cognitive neuroscience is how unitary, coherent decisions at the whole organism level can arise from the distributed behavior of a large population of neurons with only partially overlapping information. We address this issue by studying neural spiking behavior recorded from a multielectrode array with 169 channels during a visual motion direction discrimination task. It is well known that in this task there are two distinct phases in neural spiking behavior. Here we show Phase I is a distributed or incompressible phase in which uncertainty about the decision is substantially reduced by pooling information from many cells...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633682/effect-of-space-allowance-and-floor-type-on-performance-welfare-and-physiological-measurements-of-finishing-beef-heifers
#3
M P Keane, M McGee, E G O'Riordan, A K Kelly, B Earley
Accommodating cattle indoors during the winter is widely practiced throughout Europe. There is currently no legislation surrounding the space allowance and floor type that should be provided to cattle during this time, however, concerns have been raised regarding the type of housing systems currently in use. The objective of the study was to investigate the effect of space allowance and floor type on performance and welfare of finishing beef heifers. Continental crossbred heifers (n=240: mean initial live; weight, 504 (SD 35...
June 21, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628890/interleukin-6-induced-activation-of-a-non-selective-outward-cation-conductance-in-human-cardiac-fibroblasts
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Vadim Mitrokhin, Viktor Kazanski, Vladimir Kalsin, Mitko Mladenov, Andre Kamkin
BACKGROUND: It has been demonstrated that cardiac fibroblasts of the human heart have several myocyte-like features, induced by inflammation. OBJECTIVES: This study analyzed the changes of the expressed currents in the basal condition and in the presence of interleukin-6 in cultured human cardiac fibroblasts. METHODS: Human cardiac fibroblasts were cultured as monolayers from earlier passages (2-4). Whole-cell voltage clamp experiments were performed on single culture human cardiac fibroblasts...
June 16, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626902/haemophilus-influenzae-oral-vaccination-for-preventing-acute-exacerbations-of-chronic-bronchitis-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Edward Teo, Kathleen Lockhart, Sai Navya Purchuri, Jennifer Pushparajah, Allan W Cripps, Mieke L van Driel
BACKGROUND: Chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are serious conditions in which patients are predisposed to viral and bacterial infections resulting in potentially fatal acute exacerbations. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is defined as a lung disease characterised by obstruction to lung airflow that interferes with normal breathing. Antibiotic therapy has not been particularly useful in eradicating bacteria such as non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) because they are naturally occurring flora of the upper respiratory tract in many people...
June 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625609/oxidative-stress-induced-by-cumene-hydroperoxide-produces-synaptic-depression-and-transient-hyperexcitability-in-rat-primary-motor-cortex-neurons
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R Pardillo-Diaz, L Carrascal, G Barrionuevo, P Nunez-Abades
Pyramidal neurons of the motor cortex are selectively degenerated in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The mechanisms underlying neuronal death in ALS are not well established. In the absence of useful biomarkers, the early increased neuronal excitability seems to be the unique characteristic of ALS. Lipid peroxidation caused by oxidative stress has been postulated as one of the possible mechanisms involved in degeneration motor cortex pyramidal neurons. This paper examines the effect of lipid peroxidation on layer V pyramidal neurons induced by cumene hydroperoxide (CH) in brain slices from wild type rats...
June 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621662/chronic-lithium-treatment-elicits-its-antimanic-effects-via-bdnf-trkb-dependent-synaptic-downscaling
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Erinn S Gideons, Pei-Yi Lin, Melissa Mahgoub, Ege T Kavalali, Lisa M Monteggia
Lithium is widely used as a treatment for Bipolar Disorder although the molecular mechanisms that underlie its therapeutic effects are under debate. In this study, we show brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is required for the antimanic-like effects of lithium but not the antidepressant-like effects in mice. We performed whole cell patch clamp recordings of hippocampal neurons to determine the impact of lithium on synaptic transmission that may underlie the behavioral effects. Lithium produced a significant decrease in α-amino-3-hydroxyl-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor (AMPAR)-mediated miniature excitatory postsynaptic current (mEPSC) amplitudes due to postsynaptic homeostatic plasticity that was dependent on BDNF and its receptor tropomyosin receptor kinase B (TrkB)...
June 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620187/discovery-and-identification-of-o-o-diethyl-o-4-5-phenyl-4-5-dihydroisoxazol-3-yl-phenyl-phosphorothioate-xp-1408-as-a-novel-mode-of-action-of-organophosphorus-insecticides
#8
Zhigang Zeng, Ying Yan, Bingfeng Wang, Niu Liu, Hanhong Xu
Organophosphorus (OP) insecticides play an important role in pest control. Many OP insecticides have been removed from the market because of their high toxicity to humans. We designed and synthesized a new OP insecticide with the goal of providing a low cost, and less toxic insecticide. The mode of action of O, O-diethyl O-(4-(5-phenyl-4, 5-dihydroisoxazol-3-yl) phenyl) phosphorothioate (XP-1408) was studied in Drosophila melanogaster. Bioassays showed that XP-1408 at a concentration of 50 mg/L delayed larval development...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619096/presenilins-regulate-synaptic-plasticity-and-mitochondrial-calcium-homeostasis-in-the-hippocampal-mossy-fiber-pathway
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Sang Hun Lee, David Lutz, Mohanad Mossalam, Vadim Y Bolshakov, Michael Frotscher, Jie Shen
BACKGROUND: Presenilins play a major role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease, in which the hippocampus is particularly vulnerable. Previous studies of Presenilin function in the synapse, however, focused exclusively on the hippocampal Schaffer collateral (SC) pathway. Whether Presenilins play similar or distinct roles in other hippocampal synapses is unknown. METHODS: To investigate the role of Presenilins at mossy fiber (MF) synapses we performed field and whole-cell electrophysiological recordings and Ca(2+) imaging using acute hippocampal slices of postnatal forebrain-restricted Presenilin conditional double knockout (PS cDKO) and control mice at 2 months of age...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617419/utilization-of-genomic-sequencing-for-population-screening-of-immunodeficiencies-in-the-newborn
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Ashleigh R Pavey, Dale L Bodian, Thierry Vilboux, Alina Khromykh, Natalie S Hauser, Kathi Huddleston, Elisabeth Klein, Aaron Black, Megan S Kane, Ramaswamy K Iyer, John E Niederhuber, Benjamin D Solomon
PurposeImmunodeficiency screening has been added to many state-directed newborn screening programs. The current methodology is limited to screening for severe T-cell lymphopenia disorders. We evaluated the potential of genomic sequencing to augment current newborn screening for immunodeficiency, including identification of non-T cell disorders.MethodsWe analyzed whole-genome sequencing (WGS) and clinical data from a cohort of 1,349 newborn-parent trios by genotype-first and phenotype-first approaches. For the genotype-first approach, we analyzed predicted protein-impacting variants in 329 immunodeficiency-related genes in the WGS data...
June 15, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612138/transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-4-trpv4-channel-as-a-target-of-crotamiton-and-its-bimodal-effects
#11
Hiroki Kittaka, Yu Yamanoi, Makoto Tominaga
The sensation of itching can be defined as "an unpleasant cutaneous sensation that provokes a desire to scratch." The perception of itching is not critical for the maintenance of life, but persistent itching can be extremely irritating and decreases the quality of life. Crotamiton (N-ethyl-o-crotonotoluidide) has been used as an anti-itch agent for humans for around 70 years. In spite of the long use of crotamiton, its mechanism of action remains unknown. We hypothesized that crotamiton might have effects on transient receptor potential (TRP) channels expressed in the peripheral nervous system and the skin...
June 13, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611679/icariin-a-novel-blocker-of-sodium-and-calcium-channels-eliminates-early-and-delayed-afterdepolarizations-as-well-as-triggered-activity-in-rabbit-cardiomyocytes
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Wanzhen Jiang, Mengliu Zeng, Zhenzhen Cao, Zhipei Liu, Jie Hao, Peipei Zhang, Youjia Tian, Peihua Zhang, Jihua Ma
Icariin, a flavonoid monomer from Herba Epimedii, has confirmed pharmacological and biological effects. However, its effects on arrhythmias and cardiac electrophysiology remain unclear. Here we investigate the effects of icariin on ion currents and action potentials (APs) in the rabbit myocardium. Furthermore, the effects of icariin on aconitine-induced arrhythmias were assessed in whole rabbits. Ion currents and APs were recorded in voltage-clamp and current-clamp mode in rabbit left ventricular myocytes (LVMs) and left atrial myocytes (LAMs), respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611597/functional-properties-of-human-nmda-receptors-associated-with-epilepsy-related-mutations-of-glun2a-subunit
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Dmitry A Sibarov, Nadine Bruneau, Sergei M Antonov, Pierre Szepetowski, Nail Burnashev, Rashid Giniatullin
Genetic variants of the glutamate activated N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor (NMDAR) subunit GluN2A are associated with the hyperexcitable states manifested by epileptic seizures and interictal discharges in patients with disorders of the epilepsy-aphasia spectrum (EAS). The variants found in sporadic cases and families are of different types and include microdeletions encompassing the corresponding GRIN2A gene as well as nonsense, splice-site and missense GRIN2A defects. They are located at different functional domains of GluN2A and no clear genotype-phenotype correlation has emerged yet...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610990/atrial-ventricular-differences-in-rabbit-cardiac-voltage-gated-na-currents-basis-for-atrial-selective-block-by-ranolazine
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Rachel E Caves, Hongwei Cheng, Stéphanie C Choisy, Hanne C Gadeberg, Simon M Bryant, Jules C Hancox, Andrew F James
BACKGROUND: Class 1 antiarrhythmic drugs are highly effective in restoring and maintaining sinus rhythm in atrial fibrillation patients but carry a risk of ventricular tachyarrhythmia. The anti-anginal agent, ranolazine, is a prototypic atrial-selective voltage-gated Na(+) channel blocker but the mechanisms underlying its atrial-selective action remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: The present study examined the mechanisms underlying the atrial-selective action of ranolazine...
June 10, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608931/the-association-between-germline-brca2-variants-and-sensitivity-to-platinum-based-chemotherapy-among-men-with-metastatic-prostate-cancer
#15
Mark M Pomerantz, Sandor Spisák, Li Jia, Angel M Cronin, Istvan Csabai, Elisa Ledet, A Oliver Sartor, Irene Rainville, Edward P O'Connor, Zachary T Herbert, Zoltan Szállási, William K Oh, Philip W Kantoff, Judy E Garber, Deborah Schrag, Adam S Kibel, Matthew L Freedman
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer 2 (BRCA2)-associated breast and ovarian cancers are sensitive to platinum-based chemotherapy. It is unknown whether BRCA2-associated prostate cancer responds favorably to such treatment. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of a single-institution cohort of men with castration-resistant, metastatic prostate cancer was performed to determine the association between carrier status of pathogenic BRCA2 germline variants and prostate-specific antigen response to carboplatin-based chemotherapy...
June 13, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606910/na-k-pump-inactivation-subsarcolemmal-na-measurements-and-cytoplasmic-ion-turnover-kinetics-contradict-restricted-na-spaces-in-murine-cardiac-myocytes
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Fang-Min Lu, Donald W Hilgemann
Decades ago, it was proposed that Na transport in cardiac myocytes is modulated by large changes in cytoplasmic Na concentration within restricted subsarcolemmal spaces. Here, we probe this hypothesis for Na/K pumps by generating constitutive transsarcolemmal Na flux with the Na channel opener veratridine in whole-cell patch-clamp recordings. Using 25 mM Na in the patch pipette, pump currents decay strongly during continuous activation by extracellular K (τ, ∼2 s). In contradiction to depletion hypotheses, the decay becomes stronger when pump currents are decreased by hyperpolarization...
June 12, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605380/establishment-of-a-clinic-based-biorepository
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Sarah E Belden, Chandana K Uppalapati, Agnes S Pascual, McKale R Montgomery, Kathryn J Leyva, Elizabeth E Hull, Richard L Averitte
The incidence of skin cancer (e.g., squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma) has been increasing over the past several years. It is expected that there will be a parallel demand for cutaneous tumor samples for biomedical research studies. Tissue availability, however, is limited due the cost of establishing a biorepository and the lack of protocols available for obtaining clinical samples that do not interfere with clinical operations. A protocol was established to collect and process cutaneous tumor and associated blood and saliva samples that has minimal impact on routine clinical procedures on the date of a Mohs surgery...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603911/cd11c-expression-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-revisited-related-with-complications-and-survival
#18
E G Umit, M Baysal, Y Durmus, A M Demir
INTRODUCTION: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a disorder of mature but dysfunctional monoclonal B cells. Microenvironment, antigenic stimulation and genetical mutations are demonstrated in etiopathogenesis. We aimed to evaluate the expression of CD11c in patients with CLL and its possible clinical significance. METHODS: Data of 259 patients with CLL between 2010 and 2016 in Trakya University Faculty of Medicine, including age at diagnosis, sex, whole blood count, stage, percentage of CLL cells in bone marrow, line of treatments, development of Richter's transformation and secondary tumors, autoimmune complications, IgG level, prognostic cytogenetic analysis, and length of survival were recorded from files...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603637/t-type-voltage-gated-ca-2-channels-do-not-contribute-to-the-negative-feedback-regulation-of-myogenic-tone-in-murine-superior-epigastric-arteries
#19
Brendan Mullan, Jessica Pettis, William F Jackson
T-type voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels (CaV3.2 VGCC) have been hypothesized to control spontaneous transient outward currents (STOCs) through large-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels (BKCa), and contribute to the negative-feedback regulation of myogenic tone. We tested this hypothesis in superior epigastric arteries (SEAs) isolated from male C57BL/6 mice. SEAs were isolated and enzymatically dissociated to obtain single smooth muscle cells (SMCs) for whole-cell recording of paxilline-sensitive (PAX, 1 μmol/L) STOCs at -30 mV, or cannulated and studied by pressure myography (80 cm H2O, 37°C)...
June 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601310/hemoglobin-based-oxygen-carriers-promote-systemic-hyperfibrinolysis-that-is-both-dependent-and-independent-of-plasmin
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Alexander P Morton, Ernest E Moore, Hunter B Moore, Eduardo Gonzalez, Michael P Chapman, Erik Peltz, Anirban Banerjee, Christopher Silliman
BACKGROUND: Hyperfibrinolysis plays an integral role in the genesis of trauma-induced coagulopathy. Recent data demonstrate that red blood cell lysis promotes fibrinolysis; however, the mechanism is unclear. Hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOCs) have been developed for resuscitation and have been associated with coagulopathy. We hypothesize that replacement of whole blood (WB) using an HBOC results in a coagulopathy because of the presence of free hemoglobin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: WB was sampled from healthy donors (n = 6)...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
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